Costa Rica occupies a privileged spot in the heart of Central America. While its territory of 19,652 square miles touches both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, the country is surprisingly accessible – one can travel from coast to coast in just three hours by car (or 45 minutes by plane).
Costa Rica’s strikingly diverse terrain—comprised of lush forests, wildlife reserves, and tropical beaches—offers a little something for every traveler. Beach-lovers staying along the Pacific Coast should head to Guanacaste and the Nicoya Peninsula’s palm-fringed coastline for sun and surf. Nature-seekers staying in the Northern Plains or along the Caribbean coast should pay a visit to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca before venturing inland to zip-line above Monteverde’s Cloud Rainforest and hike Arenal Volcano. Whether it’s sun, adventure, or nature you seek, there’s much to discover in this forest-and-beach laden paradise.